Top 10: Used SUVs for £15,000
There’s a huge selection of used SUVs on the market and £15,000 is more than enough to get a quality example on to your drive. Check out our list below to see what could fit your budget.
The current Volvo XC90 might be one of the most desirable SUVs on the market, but its predecessor was an overlooked gem. A very safe and practical family SUV, we'd spend our money on one with the strong 2.4 D5 diesel engine. Our £15,000 budget will get you an example from 2012 with full service history - important if you want to avoid expensive bills.
For evidence of how depreciation can be your friend, look at the Mercedes-Benz ML. The premium German SUV has a classy interior and still looks modern today. It's at its best with the V6 3.0-litre diesel, badged the ML350. £15,000 gets you a 2012 model with average miles.
Long for a sports car but need to transport the family? Enter the Porsche Cayenne. It's practical yet great to drive, and your neighbours will think you've spent a lot more than £15,000 on your new car. There are a few rough examples out there and, like many cars featured here, it's not one for those seeking cheap motoring.
Even by today's standards with SUVs getting bigger and bigger, the original Audi Q7 is huge. It has seven seats as standard - great if you've got a big family - and has a typically premium interior. Avoid the temptation to buy an extremely low-mileage example, they might be hiding issues such as a blocked diesel particulate filter.
If you're looking for an incredibly versatile SUV that can also go off road, a Discovery is a strong choice. £15,000 will get you a Discovery 4 with the 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel engine. Be prepared to invest heavily in maintenance costs, though...
If you're looking at the premium SUVs also featured in this list, the SsangYong Rexton might not cut it, with its crude driving experience and drab cabin. But you'll get a relatively new one for the money, and it's capable of lugging an impressive three tonnes. That's enough for a big caravan or horsebox. Our search of the classifieds found a 2016 Rexton EX with low miles at a SsangYong dealership for £14,975.
The big and imposing BMW X5 is certainly no wallflower in terms of road presence. But there's more to it than just the chunky look. This is a BMW after all so it has an upmarket interior and mightily impressive handling given its sheer size. Our £15,000 budget will get you a 2011 X5 40d M Sport with around 80,000 miles on the clock.
It might not be able to match its European competitors for road manners, but the tough Land Cruiser is a bulletproof SUV that can actually go off road. Its cabin feels dated, but there's clearly a market for second-hand Land Cruisers - they hold their value astonishingly well. In the classifieds, we found a 2008 3.0 D-4D Invincible model showing 75,000 miles for £14,000.
Little else in this list matches the Kia Sorento for value for money. The 2.2-litre CRDi diesel is a strong engine, and it's available with seven-seats - meaning there's room for all the family. Our budget will get you a high-spec KX-3 model from 2014 with average miles. It'll still have the remainder of its original warranty, provided it's been serviced correctly.
The Volkswagen badge might not be as desirable as an Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz, but that doesn't make the Touareg anything less than premium. It's comfortable and well built, while the 3.0-litre TDI has a generous amount of torque. If you want the ultimate in caravan-luggers, hunt out a 5.0-litre V10...